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A Word from the Register’s Office Shelandra Y. Ford | Register of Deeds newsletter | January 2021 | Vol. 7 Iss. 1

Greetings, It has been my privilege to serve as the Shelby County Register of Deeds for the past several years. My commitment in the Register’s Office has been to make the necessary adjustments in order to keep my team and the people we serve safe as we build better communication with our constituents. In addition to these efforts, I must continuing to uphold the duties of the office.

I also realize that some jobs are essential and necessary during these trying times. Therefore, I am grateful for the workers that are on the frontline who continue to provide services to the public without any complaints. Our true dedicated staff also makes it much easier to face the harsh reality of COVID-19. The Register’s Office has made every effort to keep Shelby County’s economy moving forward in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis and challenging conditions. Our #1 priority is to keep our customers happy by providing excellent customer service and care. With a team of dedicated and determined staff, our efforts are a proven success.

Lastly, as we enter into the year 2021, I am reminded that together we are resilient, and with a team effort of perseverance and dedication, we can all accomplish the many challenges and face them with competence and integrity as best as we know how. May each and every one of you have a safe, healthy and Happy New Year!

Register Shelandra Y. Ford

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More Growth & Development Despite Challenges Shelandra Y. Ford | Register of Deeds newsletter | January 2021 | Vol. 7 Iss. 1

November of 2019, there were 4,565 Electronic Filings (48%) of all recordings November of 2020, there were 8,005 Electronic Filings (66%) of all recordings December of 2019, there were 5,998 Electronic Filings (50%) of all recordings December of 2020, there were 8,593 Electronic Filings (65%) of all recordings 2019 - 135,615 filings, 61,170 Electronic Filings (45%) of all recordings 2020 - 145,786 filings, 89,381 Electronic Filings (61%) of all recordings

November of 2019, we submitted $155,665.83 to the Shelby County General Fund November of 2020, we submitted $816,506.93 to the Shelby County General Fund December 2019, we submitted $3,004,270.27 to the State of Tennessee Revenue December 2020, we submitted $3,684,178.02 to the State of Tennessee Revenue Our office Fiscal Year 2021 budgeted revenue is $4,050,000. The Revenue collected during the first six months of the fiscal year totaled $2,977,686.27. We have collected 73.5% of our yearly budgeted revenue target, well over half of what we were projected to collect.

Welcome to our new hires! Angela Townsend | Register Clerk Kristina Franklin | Miscellaneous Temp

Training & Development January Course Offerings


Calendar Shelandra Y. Ford | Register of Deeds newsletter | January 2021 | Vol. 7 Iss. 1

January 2021 National Mentoring Month Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month Elvis Week 1st New Years, the Register of Deeds office and Archives will be closed 1st John McLemore was born on this date in 1790

2nd Highland Heights annexed by Memphis on this date in 1928 5th Kenneth McKellar first elected pro tempore of the U.S. Senate in 1945 5th Kemmons Wilson was born on this date in 1913

John McLemore 1790

6th First permanent schoolhouse in Memphis; Market School in 1872 6th Epiphany 8th Elvis Presley born on this date in 1935 8th George Taliaferro was born; first Black American drafted by Chicago Bears in 1927 9th Fisk University founded in 1866

Kemmons Wilson 1913

10th William Sanderson was born in 1948 10th Elvis first records for RCA in Nashville 15th The Appeal newspaper was established in 1840 18th Martin Luther King Jr. Day | Register of Deeds office and Archives will be closed 18th

Peter Taylor was born in 1917

Elvis Presley 1973

19th Elizabeth Avery Meriwether was born in this date in 1824 20th WMC’s first broadcast was on this date in 1923 23rd WMC begins use of NBC Co. Shows on Sunday nights in 1927 23rd Wilma Rudolph was born in 1940 25th Jacob Brown died on this date in 1785 26th Grace Moore died on this date in 1947 27th Grafton Green died on this date in 1947 28th Full Moon

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. January 15, 1929


Archives Corner | Ida B. Wells Shelandra Y. Ford | Register of Deeds newsletter | January 2021 | Vol. 7 Iss. 1

Ida B Wells Crusader for Civil Rights in Memphis Born into slavery on July 16, 1862, in Holly Springs, Mississippi, Ida Bell Wells was an investigative journalist, educator, and early leader in the civil rights movement. She wrote for the Memphis Free Speech and Headlight newspaper, which she also co- owned. Her reporting covered incidents of racial segregation and inequality.

After losing both of her parents and her infant brother in the 1878 yellow fever epidemic, she later moved to Memphis along with her siblings and her grandmother where she became a teacher. Wells dedicated much of life fighting for equality for African Americans and women. She was also one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). She was freed by the Emancipation Proclamation during the American Civil War. The history of Ida B. Wells and historical figures can be found at the Shelby County Archives located at 980A Nixon. You may also learn more about the history of Shelby County on our Facebook page; facebook.com/ Shelby.Archives and on the Shelby County Tennessee Register of Deeds website; register.shelby.tn.us. Take the opportunity to visit these sights and see Shelby County Tennessee’s History!


Where You Can Find Us Shelandra Y. Ford | Register of Deeds newsletter | January 2021 | Vol. 7 Iss. 1

Wed, Jan 20, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CST) Please join us Wednesday, January 20, 2021 from 10:00 am-11:00 am (CST) as Shelby County Register of Deeds Shelandra Y. Ford presents the Virtual Town Hall Meeting. You may join the Town Hall Meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone by going to https:// global.gotomeeting.com/join. You may also join using your phone by dialing (646) 749-3122 and entering the Access Code: 337-484-429

Shelby County Register Of Deeds Offices Main Office

1075 Mullins Station | Bldg. W3 Ste W165 | Memphis, TN 38134 P (901) 222-8100 F (901) 222-8134 E register@shelbycountytn.gov

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157 Poplar Avenue | Room 124 | Memphis, TN 38103 P (901) 222-8100 F (901) 222-8134 E register@shelbycountytn.gov

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